VISION: The VCOS International Strategic Initiative Online Network
Mission: To produce a comprehensive framework to assist communities and their fire and emergency service leaders to create and maintain dynamic organizations.
VISION is the combined efforts of fire chiefs across the country addressing the need of the volunteer and combination emergency response agencies. Our efforts were focused on areas of organizational management that were identified as being obstacles to creating and sustaining viable emergency response programs. The information contained in the site will be continuously reviewed and updated as new ideas are brought forth from the leadership in emergency response.
VISION Project Challenges Leaders
Program Manager - Randall Parr
Challenge 1: Capabilities and Competencies – Kenneth Richards, Jr.
Challenge 2: Community Relations - Norvin Collins
Challenge 3: Recruitment – John D'Alessandro/Karen McQuaid
Challenge 4: Retention of Organizational Members – Mike Mulligan
Challenge 5: Organizational Structure, Strategic and Financial Planning – Pete Mellits
Challenge 6: Legislation and Regulations – Dave Bloom
Challenge 7: Reputation Management – Mike Jaffa
Challenge 8: Fire-based Emergency Medical Services – Joe O’Conor
Strategic and Operational Plans
On February 10, 2012, summit lane leaders met in Clearwater Beach, Florida to continue work on the final draft of the strategic plan (pdf) and the operational plan, and to prepare a briefing for the VCOS board of directors meeting the next day. At this meeting, the group changed the operational plan name to the VCOS Vision Project and developed vision and mission statements.
The VISION website was launched at Fire-Rescue International 2014 in Dallas.